In bloom

‘I think by next year we’ll have even bet­ter turnout’

Cape Breton Post - - FRONT PAGE -

CBRM Blos­soms pro­gram launched in Syd­ney Mines.

A pro­gram in­tended to make lo­cal res­i­dents and visi­tors alike feel good about lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties was rolled out in Syd­ney Mines Tues­day, with the of­fi­cial launch of the CBRM Blos­soms pro­gram.

The ini­tia­tive, a pro­ject in­volv­ing the Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Mu­nic­i­pal­ity and ad­min­is­tered by Busi­ness Cape Bre­ton, saw a splash of colour added out­side Syd­ney Mines’ Old Town Hall, with the ad­di­tion of lush hang­ing bas­kets. The Cape Bre­ton Post is the media spon­sor.

The pro­gram be­gan last year in down­town Syd­ney and will ex­pand this sum­mer through­out the CBRM.

Large bas­kets of flow­ers adorn­ing lamp­posts and ban- ner signs flap­ping in the breeze will be made avail­able for as many as 15 down­town neigh­bour­hoods and com­mu­ni­ties.

“By ex­pand­ing that out, now more phone calls are com­ing, I think by next year we’ll have even bet­ter turnout,” Mayor Ce­cil Clarke said. “I look for­ward to ex­pand­ing that and I want to thank ev­ery­one in­volved.”

Clarke noted that it is about mak­ing the CBRM’s own cit­i­zens feel good about their com­mu­ni­ties, as well as for­mer res­i­dents who re­turn home and visi­tors who may be ar­riv­ing for the first time.

Martin Pickup, pres­i­dent of the Syd­ney Mines Se­niors and Pen­sion­ers Club, pre­sented a do­na­tion to the cause. To date, more than $54,000 in pri­vate con­tri­bu­tions have been re­ceived for the pro­gram.

CAPE BRE­TON POST

CBRM Coun. Ivan Don­caster, from left, Deputy Mayor Ge­orge Mac­Don­ald, Syd­ney Mines Se­niors and Pen­sion­ers Club pres­i­dent Martin Pickup, Syd­ney Down­town De­vel­op­ment As­so­ci­a­tion’s Michelle Wil­son, CBRM Mayor Ce­cil Clarke, Const. Shaun Ma­cLen­nan, Coun. Clarence Prince, Coun. Jim MacLeod, Cape Bre­ton Post man­ag­ing editor Carl Flem­ing and Coun. Claire Detheridge all took part in Tues­day’s launch of the CBRM Blos­soms pro­gram out­side Syd­ney Mines’ Old Town Hall.

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